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Tourlourou

Young unfledged soldiers of the line, who used to be called “Jean-Jean.”

“Les Tourlourous sont les nouveaux enroles, ceux qui n'ont pas encore de vieilles moustaches, et qui flanent sur les boulevards en regardant les images, les paillasses, et en cherchant des payses.” —Paul de Kock: Un Tourlourou, chap. xiii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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